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Stories of experience
professional knowledge landscape
early career teacher attrition
narrative inquiry
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wnuk, Sheri L.
Supervisor and department
Dr. D. Jean Clandinin (Elementary Education
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Randy Wimmer (Educational Policy Studies)
Dr. Julie S Long (Elementary Education)
Dr. Clandinin, Jean (Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development)
Department of Elementary Education

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Master of Education
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This work is an autobiographical narrative inquiry into my lived experiences teaching and my struggle to make sense of my shifting stories to live by (Connelly & Clandinin, 1999). My research in nestled within a larger semi-structured interview study of 40 early career teachers in Alberta. To begin, I inquire into the tensions and bumping places that lead me to leave teaching during my eighth year of practice. As I awaken to Clandinin and Connelly’s (1996) concept of professional knowledge landscapes, I explore ways in which my experiences have been shaped by the various contexts in which I have worked. I move to identify three threads from the larger study that resonate most with me. I use these threads to further guide my inquiry. This study provides insights into how we might think differently about sustaining teachers who are beginning as well as sustaining teachers with experience.
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